Republican lawmakers in Kansas on Thursday repeal Governor Laura Kelly’s (D) state’s mask mandate, after an executive order issued that would have kept one in place.
The Kansas City Star reported: Kansas’ statewide mask mandate, already an exemption-filled patchwork, came to an end Thursday, canceled by top Republican lawmakers under a new law that makes it more difficult for health officials to keep COVID-19 precautions in place.
Biden also called on governors, mayors and local officials to reinstate mask mandates.
“I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. Please, this is not politics,” said Biden.
Joe Biden is a liar.
Millions of Americans have either been vaccinated or have been infected with Covid which is the only way to achieve herd immunity.
Masks are purely political.
A group of leading legislators, known as the Legislative Coordinating Council, voted 5-2 along party lines to repeal Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate hours after she reissued it to fulfill the requirements of the new law. One member of the eight-person panel, embattled Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop, was absent for the vote conducted over video conference.
This comes just a few days after Joe Biden continued to push COVID hysteria and called on states to reinstate their mask mandates.
Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, an Ottawa Republican said: “The revocation of a one-size-fits-all statewide mandate does not in any way impact any local orders that are in place,” “The numbers don’t support a statewide mandate at this time.”
The new system comes as Kansas grapples with a pandemic that continues to infect hundreds each day, including cases involving variants that spread more aggressively. Epidemiologists have warned that a fourth wave of the virus could be around the corner despite rising vaccination rates.
The new law — like the old law — allows individual counties to opt out of the mask requirement. The new law goes further, however, and allows the LCC to repeal the governor’s executive orders.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Kansas joins 17 other states without a mask mandate, after having one on-and-off since July. Several states, like Texas and Mississippi, lifted their mandates in recent weeks while others, like Missouri, never issued one.
Ryan Kriegshauser said: “They don’t need government telling them what to do when in these examples they were leading the charge,” “If the government provides the right information I believe businesses will make the right decisions.”